Lyme Disease

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #25: Migraines and Lyme


If you suffer from migraine headaches you have probably seen one or more “Headache” Specialists in your lifetime.  Most likely will they tell you to keep a pain diary so you can figure out your triggers and they will give you abortive medications to take when you feel a migraine starting.  But what about the millions of people like me that have frequent or daily migraine?  Abortive medications don’t work because you can’t take it when it first starts if the migraine never ends.  So what do these “Headache” Specialists do?

After a head MRI comes back negative they will tell you that they don’t know WHY you have them or just say it’s hereditary and they will then just give you preventative medications to take. 

I was told for 19 years from 4 different neurologists that they did not know why I had a migraine every day.  I was given many different abortive and preventative medications that never worked.  Not once did any of the headache specialists ever consider Lyme Disease as the CAUSE of my migraines.  Why not?  Because they are not educated in Lyme Disease.  

But look at tall the different infections associated with Lyme Disease that can cause headaches or migraines.

  • Borrelia Burgdorferi 
  • Babesiosis
  • Bartonella
  • Colorado Tick Fever
  • Ehrlichia
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Anaplasmosis
  • B. Quintana Trench Fever
  • Clamydia Pneumonia
  • Rickettiosis 
  • Powassan Virus

That’s 11 different (and I might be missing some) possibly infections that could cause headaches and migraines manifesting in different parts of the head.  But not once did any of these “Top”  specialists I went to in the San Francisco Bay Area ever consider Lyme Disease as a possible diagnosis.  

Yes, I’m mad!  Yes, I’m pissed at the headache community.  And still to this day they just think they are an inherited neurological disorder.  Yes, they MAY BE an inherited neurological disorder but not all are.  

I encourage anyone with frequent migraines to consider getting tested for Lyme Disease.  If you have an occasional migraine and no other medical problems including mental health issues than you probably do not have Lyme BUT if you have frequent migraines, other body pain, thyroid disorder, mental health problems or other symptoms you may have Lyme Disease.  

Do the symptom checklist here and check out this master symptom list here.  If you feel you might haver Lyme get to a Lyme Literate MD.

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